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The State Election is now behind us and we start another four years with the Labor Government. A positive for schools is that there will be a sense of continuity in direction however we do need to progress our agenda for primary schools.

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the Pilbara Principals’ Briefing on Tuesday as well as the Midwest Briefing Day on Friday. Connecting with members is critical and I was really pleased to see (and hear) a positive vibe at both events.

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Once again, we find ourselves in interesting times, and once again, your leadership has come to the fore. Across the state, we have schools impacted by cyclones, rain, fires and of course, the COVID-19 lockdown.

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As we move towards the end of what has been a very different year, I trust that you will take time to enjoy the outcomes of your efforts during the next week. The work you and your staff have done is to be truly celebrated as you head into the well earned holidays.

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Gradually … gradually ... gradually … SUDDENLY!

“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. 
“Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually, then suddenly.”

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As a member, when was the last time you reflected on WAPPA’s values and what they mean to you both as a member of the Association and in the performance of your duties as a school leader? 

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I am not sure I really want to hear again, nor say, the terms to describe this year as being challenging or different or even unprecedented. I was chatting with someone the other day about (according to Mark Twain) there only being two certainties in life - death and taxes. However, we joked that now we can include change as a third element.

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The WAPPA Wellbeing Committee, as part of their work, has developed a Wellbeing Mantra. The committee encourages you to print the mantra and place it somewhere prominent in your office where you can refer to it regularly. This version of the mantra is designed for you to use in your schools.

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Often when we think about Leadership Development we focus on courses, programs or learning that is delivered by a third party.

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Welcome to The Playbook. The Playbook is a newsletter focused on Learning and Leadership. Every four weeks we will bring you an update of upcoming Professional Learning and a little Leadership Inspiration.

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WAPPA will work with you to customise professional learning to meet the unique learning needs of your group (e.g. chapters, collegial groups, school leadership team).

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Seize your opportunity to continuously grow as a leader.

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